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Is it easier to parent teenagers when the Secret Service is on your side?
Recently in Newsweek, President Obama was asked, "Were you surprised at how quickly your family became part of the cultural iconography?"
His answer: "You know, the nice thing is that, partly because of temperament, partly because of Michelle's unbelievable parenting skills, I've just got some happy, normal kids. And all that stuff that's going on around them, they just kind of miss. We have not seen any effects, any fishbowl effects, yet on them."
(But Mr. President, what about that teenager/dating thing?)
"Now, I worry about them when they're teenagers where, you know, you're already embarrassed about your parents and even more embarrassed on TV all the time. And dating I think will be an issue because I have men with guns surrounding them at all times [laughter], which I'm perfectly happy with, but they may feel differently about it."
So do you think it's easier? To be fair, I guess we'd have to ask former President Bush too, whose girls managed to go a little teenager wild, despite the men with guns nearby. Maybe those guys aren't so tough after all.
What do you think? Could you use a little help from the Secret Service during your kids' teen years?